Planting Guidelines
Seedling Sale - Plant Varieties & Descriptions
Flowering Perrenials
Evergreen Seedlings
Deciduous Seedlings
Tree Shelters
Fruit Trees
Flowering Perennials
Butterfly Weed
Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly weed is a bushy, 1-3ft tall Pa native perennial prized for its large, flat-topped clusters of bright-orange flowers atop lance-shaped, dark green leaves on hairy stems. Flowers give way to 3-6” long spindle-shaped seed pods which split open when ripe releasing silky-tailed seeds. Bloom period is midsummer to fall. Attracts butterflies with large quantities of nectar. Easily grown in dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Drought tolerant.

Black Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'

'Goldsturm' is a profuse bloomer from midsummer through fall with bright golden to orange flowers and contrasting brown center. An easy care native flower grows to 29” with a 23” spread. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Perennial Plant of the Year 1999.

Creeping Phlox
Phlox subulata 'Scarlet Flame'

'Scarlet Flame' produces vibrant scarlet flowers in mid to late spring. Also called moss pink, this mat-forming evergreen perennial grows 4-6 in tall and 2 ft wide. This full sun plant requires good drainage and is drought tolerant once established. Attracts butterflies. It's native to somewhat dry, rocky or sandy places, open woodland areas and slopes in our region. Cut back stems by 1/2 after flowering to renew foliage.

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

'Hidcote' is a shorter form of english lavender, grows 20" tall, spreads 20". Dark, violet purple flower spikes. Silvery grey, semi-evergreen foliage retains its sweet fragrance for years when cut. Excellent for cut or dried flowers. Also makes a low growing hedge in average to dry soils and day-long full sun. Attracts butterflies. 

Lupinus 'Gallery Mix'

'Gallery Mix' has a pea-like flower that comes in a wide array of colors in shades of yellow, pink, red, indigo blooming during the summer. Buy several to get the full color experience. This plant grows to 2ft tall with densely packed spikes which attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The plant grows best in deep, rich and slightly acidic, loamy or sandy soils and consistent moisture. The flowers are great for cutting. These perennials are short-lived so allow some plants to set seed for future generations, or trim back hard after flowering is over.      (seeds/plants harmful if eaten).

Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' Mix

'Cheyenne Spirit' produces a large daisy-like blossom with a brown cone center that comes in an array of sunset colors. Buy several to get the full color experience. This full sun plant grows 18-30” tall in dry to medium, well-drained soils blooming summer to fall. It attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and is perfect for beds, borders, naturalized areas, meadows, prairies and wildflower gardens. Coneflowers are tolerant of drought, deer, heat, humidity and poor soil. Remove spent flowers to encourage continued blooming.

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Evergreen Seedlings
Norway Spruce
Picea abies

Fast-growing spruce reaches 6' in 6-7 years, with dense dark green needles less than 1" long. Will grow to 125' in average soil; prefers some moisture, but not wet conditions. Makes an attractive landscape tree or a good windbreak.

Douglas Fir
Pseudotsuga menziesi

Medium-fast growing fir reaches 6 feet tall  in 7-8 years. Soft, green to blue-green 3/4 - 1 1/2 inch needles. Will grow more than 150 feet tall in moist, well-drained soil and full sun. Exhibits poor growth in heavy, wet soil. A very popular Christmas tree due to its superior fragrance and needle retention.

Eastern White Pine
Pinus strobus

Fast-growing pine reaches 6 feet tall in 6-7 years. Soft, light to medium green 4-inch needles. Grows to 100 feet tall in a wide range of soil and moisture conditions and tolerates moderate shade. Excellent ornamental for specimen planting, naturalizing, windbreaks, and is used as a Christmas tree. Native to Dauphin County.

Concolor Fir
Abies concolor  

Medium growth, 6’ in 8-9 years reaching 100’. Soft, 2”-3” long, silvery blue-green needles. Best growth in moist, well drained soil with full sun tolerating high temperatures and dry soil better than all other firs. One of the most beautiful and carefree evergreens making a prized Christmas tree with good needle retention and stiff branches.

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Deciduous Seedlings - Trees
Eastern Redbud
Cercis canadensis

A very popular, hardy landscape tree growing to 20’ with a wide, spreading canopy. Also, excellent for naturalizing. Hundreds of small, pink to purple flowers line the branches in very early spring. Large green heart shaped leaves turn yellow in fall. Grows best on moist, rich soil in full sun, but tolerates moderate shade and drought. Native to Dauphin County.  

Paw Paw
Asimina triloba

A native tree gaining in popularity! This understory tree is known for large, long leaves and its large edible fruit which appear on mature trees in late summer/early fall. Fruit has sweet custard like yellow flesh which tastes like banana, mango and cantaloupe. Grows in moist, well-drained soil in shade to full sun and typically reaches 20ft. Host of Zebra Swallowtail butterfly. Native to Dauphin County.

River Birch
Betula nigra

An attractive landscape tree increasing in popularity.  Dark cinnamon to light creamy-brown bark peels as tree matures providing interest.  Fall color is a deep yellow.  Immune to birch borer.  Fast growth to 80’.  Prefers moist, sunny sites, but will tolerate some shade.  Excellent for naturalized plantings along streams or wet areas.  Native to Dauphin County.

Red Chokeberry
Aronia arbutifolia

is a native shrub with bright white flowers, and red berries with vibrant red foliage in the fall. It grows best in moist soil with full sun to part shade. The shrub grows to 5-10 feet high and 3-5 feet wide. This shrub is excellent for borders or mass plantings. Seedlings are 12-18”. Native to Dauphin County.

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  • All apple varieties are semi-dwarf and will reach an average height of 15 feet. No staking or support is needed.
  • Apples require another variety planted nearby to cross-pollinate and produce fruit. Buy at least 2 different kinds or plant within 100ft of an established tree.
  • Sweet cherries listed are self-pollinating and do not require another sweet cherry to produce fruit.
Honeycrisp Apple

Honeycrisp is an exceptional variety that produces crisp, sweet red apples that are considered all-purpose, but are most popular for snacking and salads. Among the best keeping apples. Excellent winter hardiness; moderately resistant to apple scab and fire blight. Ripens in mid-September. (MN1711Cv)

Nova Spy Apple

Nova Spy has large fruits with creamy yellow, fine textured, very firm, crisp flesh and a tart-sweet, vanilla-like flavor. The apples are great for fresh eating, baking and making cider. Keeps well in storage. This variety has good resistance to apple scab and is more precocious than the original Spy. Fruit matures in mid-October.

Lapins Sweet Cherry

Lapins produces large, juicy, dark red to purple cherries with a light red flesh which are excellent for fresh eating or baking sweet cherries. They are self-pollinating and split resistant. They are also a great universal pollinator for those who need a pollinator for an existing unknown cherry. This semi-dwarf tree ripens in late June or early July.   Limited supply.

Stella Sweet Cherry

Stella Sweet Cherry: is a large, dark red to nearly black, heart shaped cherry with dark flesh which is full of flavor. They are good for fresh eating, canning, freezing and jellies. Stella was the first self-pollinating sweet cherry and its resistant to cracking. This semi-dwarf tree ripens in mid-June.   Limited supply.

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Fruit Trees
Earliglow Strawberry

Earliglow is the #1 early-season variety. Fruit is a medium size with firm, glossy skin and firm flesh. Plants are very vigorous with good disease resistance. Recommended for beginners. Early season ripening near the end of May.

Reka Blueberry

Reka is an early season variety that grows well in a wide range of soils from llight sandy to heavier clay loams and is more tolerant of wetter ground than most others. The plant is very vigorous and quick to reach maturity producing bountiful crops of richly flavored, dark blue berrires. Grows to a height of 6 feet with 4' spread.

Bluecrop Blueberry

The leading commercial variety grown ripening in midseason. It produces high yields of large, bright blue berries that are firm and grow in large clusters. The berry flavor is superb, fresh or frozen. Bluecrop is known for its hardiness, vigor and consistent production. The plant grows to a height of 4-6 feet.

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Tree Shelters
Plastic tubes for protecting deciduous seedlings from rabbits and deer, drying winds, and lawnmowers. Tree shelters also increase the growth rate of young seedlings, even if the shelter is taller than the seedling. Available in 2-foot and 4-foot heights (use 4 foot tube where deer may browse seedlings). Not for use with evergreen seedlings. May be cut to fit over fruit trees to protect trunk.
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General Information
  • all strawberry plants sold in bundles of 25.
  • space plants 18" on center in rows 3'-4' apart.
  • dig holes deep enough for roots to go straight down. Keep soil line in middle of the crown.
  • remove all blossoms the first year for strong, high-yielding plants.
  • click here for strawberry-steps-to-success planting guidelines.
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  • plants are 1 1/2 years old; consisting of a 15"-18" tall stem with a 3" wide x 6" long root system.
  • space plants 4-5' apart in acidic soil, pH between 4.5 - 5.0. Peat moss is a good acidic soil amendment.
  • for best fruit yield and size, plant at least two varieties for cross-pollination.
  • remove all flowers the first year - Do NOT allow berries to develop.
  • click here for blueberry-steps-to-success planting guidelines.
Mac Black Raspberry

Mac Black is a late-season, summer bearing variety that will extend the black raspberry season. They have excellent flavor producing good size fruit used for fresh eating, freezing or making preserves. Mac Black will benefit from the use of a trellis system.

Heritage Raspberry

Heritage is a fall bearing red raspberry variety producing fruit of good size, color, and flavor. The crop is highly productive and ripens from the end of August through October. The fruit is good for jam and freezing and is delicious for fresh use, as well.

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  • plants consist of a cane and "L" shaped root system. Cover uppermost root with about 1/2" soil.
  • space plants 18"-24" apart in rows spaced 8-12' .
  • plant in well drained soil, pH between 6.0 - 6.5, rich in organic matter. Well aged compost is a good soil amendment.
  • trellising recommended for all raspberries.
  • click here for raspberry-steps-to-success planting guidelines.
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Red Oak
Quercus rubra

Fast-growing native oak can reach a height of 20’ in 10 years and up to 80’ at maturity with a rounded spread. Tolerant of a variety of soil conditions including urban plantings. Long lived and valuable as timber. Known for their display of red foliage in the fall. 10-24”. Native to Dauphin County.

Allstar Strawberry

Allstar is highly disease-resistant, cold-tolerant and very vigorous. It produces a good crop of large, glossy, light-colored sweet berries with that perfect strawberry shape during the mid-season. This widely adapted variety is a consis¬tent performer - great for beginners.

Deciduous Seedlings - Shrubs

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